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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - October 9, 1972, High Point, North Carolina Interest surges election books to close today by Forrest Cates Enterprise staff writer registration activity a t election offices in Guilford county As the books closed today indicated a surge in interest in the nov. 7 general election. Both the election office Here and at Greensboro reported heavy registration when they opened for an extra Day saturday. Voters continued to flock to the offices today in the last minute Rush to get on the books for the general election. Nearly 400 High pointers went to the local office Friday and saturday to Register or change their voting status. Traffic started relatively brisk today and was expected to pick up later. Deadline for registering for the election is 6 30 . Today. The office in Greensboro was reported As swamped at mid morning. Persons calling the office through the switchboard were frequently advised that All lines were Busy and up to to callers waiting for a line to Clear. The total registration in the county was reported at near 120,000 Over a week ago. A substantial number will be added when the current surge of registrations is tallied. With registrations closed As of today most voters can await election Day with no chores except to evaluate the candidates. The exceptions Are the voters who plan to vote by Absentee ballot. Time is fast running out for those voters who have not already applied for ballots. Voters who want to vote Absentee must secure in person or by mail a n application from the Central election office in Greensboro. The High Point Branch office is not authorized to handle the applications. If the voter qualifies the election office mails the ballot which the voter Marks and returns by mail to the election office. A it can take As Many As five mailings if the voter writes for an application Blank and time is running very close now for it All to be done before the election a according to a spokesman for the local election office. She advised voters who have not applied for Absentee ballots to Contact the Greensboro office immediately. Students people who travel for a living and persons confined to Homes by illness generally Are the voters who request Absentee ballots. Voters who will be absent from town on election Day for other reasons however also May apply. Although voter interest in the election appears to be building campaigning among Guilford county candidates has been slow in starting. Only a few candidates from each party slate Are showing evidence of extensive campaigns. Election Day is just four weeks away. Winners of such county offices As state senator and state representative county commissioner and Register of deeds will be decided by the voters lonely stroll Over the tracks a Lone pedestrian strides across a Walkway that stretches across the Railroad tracks in downtown High Point. Photographer Mark Austin captured the scene this morning of the solitary figure evidently on his Way to work. The High Point Enterprise monday afternoon october 9, 1972. Section b he Here dozen furniture firms consolidated triad schools called Fertile grounds for aft s recruiting Absentee deadline is nov. I Greensboro a the Guilford county elections office has this word of advice for voters who plan to vote Absentee ballots in the general election on nov. 7 a nov. I is the last Day we can Issue an Absentee ballot. The ballots must be marked signed and returned to us by no later than noon on nov. 4. That does no to leave much time so the voter who wants Absentee ballots should apply right away a said mrs. Dot Welch elections Board Secretary today. The applications for Guilford county voters Are available Only at the elections office in of a series a dozen Long standing furniture Industry firms have been consolidated into one corporation. With Headquarters Here it was announced today. The new corporation is . Furniture industries with Headquarters on Surrett drive. The various divisions and facilities of the corporation comprise one of the largest furniture manufacturing operations in North Carolina. The announcement was made jointly by Stanley r. Taylor president of Southern seating and its la manufacturing divisions and Herb Fisher president of Elrite of new York City a nationally known furniture marketing and sales organization. Taylor is president and Fisher is chairman of the executive committee of . Furniture industries. Robert s. Friedman executive vice president of . Furniture industries said the 12 Allied companies were combined to streamline the organization As it prepares for future modifications of its marketing system enabling a More efficient and effective marketing of its varied product line. A the name we have chosen for the company better describes the scope of our operations and paves the Way for our planned expansion a he said. The company employs approximately 750 persons and has More than 500.000 Square feet of manufacturing space. The estimated sales volume for 1972 is 125 million Friedman said. Fisher praised the formation of . Furniture industries and said. A this will allow All of the various operations to More effectively Market their products. Each of the la organizations headed b y Taylor has had tremendous Success in the furniture Industry and i am confident that the consolidation of the various facilities will prove beneficial to All divisions a he said. U. S. Furniture industries is a major manufacturer of residential institutional restaurant contract and Mobile Home furniture. Its products Are sold nationally. The Southern seating organization was formed in 1949 and has grown today to a so dozen on 2-b no mail today it s Chris Day it was Columbus Day and All Federal employees had a Holiday. There was no Home delivery and no Post office window service. Formerly observed on oct. 12, the Holiday was moved to the second monday in october by an act of Congress in 1971. By Ray Hubbard Enterprise staff writer an organizer and troubleshooter for the american federation of teachers aft says that North Carolina in general and the Piedmont triad particularly provide Fertile recruiting grounds this year for her organizing. Louise Alford National aft representative predicted that within three months two new Charters will be issued by aft for teacher unions in this area a one in Winston Salem and one in Guilford county. High Point and Greensboro already have chartered units of the of Lucio affiliated organization. Charters were issued to groups of teachers in these units last february to become the first and Only chartered units in the slate. Mrs. Alford said that one of the main reasons that teachers in North Carolina Are receptive to the Union proposition this year is the new a a tenure act which went into effect july i and which henceforth will govern hiring firing and promotion practices for North Carolina Public school teachers. Under provisions of the Law passed by the last general Assembly at the urging of professional organizations of educators teachers beginning july i of this year Are to be More closely evaluated than in previous years. In effect All North Carolina teachers Are in a probationary status this year As the new Law is implemented. Those passing the Grade will gain a career teacher status a and thereby gain greater Job Security. But mrs. Alford observed somewhat ironically that some teachers have a feeling of uneasiness this first year of probation. A they know they Are being evaluated and some of them have a great Deal of fear a she said. Mrs. Alford spent last week in High Point Greensboro and Winston Salem working primarily at recruiting but she also conducted a workshop on organizing during her visit in the area. She said that she had been very successful in her recruiting efforts in High Point and predicted it will not be too Long before the High Point Board of education will be petitioned to hold an election to enable the aft to become the exclusive bargaining agent for High Point teachers. This would Only come after aft membership reached about 50 per cent of the total classroom teachers in the system she said. It is questionable whether such rights can be legally granted to teachers in North Carolina mrs. Alford said that if necessary aft would eventually resort to the courts to obtain bargaining rights for local units in North Carolina. Mrs. Alford cited several other conditions contributing to the receptiveness o f teachers to the Union idea this year. There is intimidation through the constant reminding of teachers that they Are in Over Supply now she said. A they Are always being threatened with a there a a surplus of teachers y it us a better watch out a she said. There Are complaints particularly in the elementary schools for free time she said. A they Start at 7 45, and they Are with children straight through until 3. There is absolutely Zero free time. They Are on bus watch lunch watch or teaching a she said. A they need time for planning. They need time to take a break they need time to go to the bathroom a she continued. She said that one High Point elementary principal who is not eligible to join the Union Quot has real Strong feelings for the aft. He said that the Union is the Only Way to solve some of the teacher problems Quot she continued. Mrs. Alford would not divulge the number of High Point teachers in the local unit but did say that there Are school representatives and members in at least 60 per cent of High Pomti a 16 schools. The aft claims that Charters Are issued to local units Only after at least 20 per cent of the teachers in the system have joined. Firemen probing two blazes Here firemen Are investigating two blazes of suspicious origin which occurred sunday one of which did extensive damage to a House under construction. Quick action averted More serious damage about 2 20 . When fires were set in vacant apartments Over stores at West end on English Road. Firemen said either Gas or kerosene was used to Start the fires. They said a mattress in one of the vacant apartments was soaked with the liquid but that for some reason it did not fully ignite. The apartments Are located Over Standard cafe and what used to be Andersons drug store. At 5 16 . A House which was framed in but not walled was heavily damaged. Firemen said the House at 1718 Gavin place in the Farmington development was fully involved in flames when they arrived the cause is still under investigation the Only other alarm came in at 7 25 a in. To 320 Hamilton St. Firemen said the Box alarm was false and that they found no Dies As result of Accident mrs. Billie Karo Lesitis Rizos 44, of 311 Monroe place who was injured tuesday morning in a traffic Accident died sunday at 6 . In High Point memorial Hospital. She had been in the Hospital since the wreck at Woodrow Avenue and f Orrest Street. The other Driver was Nancy Sawicki Cralley of Cedar Street who was charged with failure to yield the right of Way. Also injured was Nancy Cralley and pinos Rizos 6. A passenger in the Rizos vehicle. Their injuries were less serious. Police were continuing their investigation today. Mrs. Rizos was born april 25, 1928, i n Karpe Sion Greece. A daughter o f Konstantis and Katherine Gouvas Karo Lesitis. She had been a resident of High Point for 17 years coming Here from Greece. On june 18, 1962, she was married to Alex k. Rizos. Before her marriage she was employed at Silver knit hosiery. She was a member of St. George greek orthodox Church. Surviving Are her husband Alex k. Rios one daughter Zoe Rizos one son Konstantis Rizos All of the Home and three Sisters mrs. Sandra g. Nacholis of 207 Lindale dr., mrs. Alex i Marra i Drakulakos of 510 Hawthorne or. And miss Androneki Karo Lesitis of Athens Greece. Funeral will he held at 3 . Tuesday in St. George greek orthodox Church by father Andrew. Burial will be in Oakwood addition cemetery. The body will remain at the secures funeral Home until placed in the Church 30 minutes before be woman on 2 b major candidates Aren t environment experts moral example Best Pettyjohn editor s note associated press writer Bob Cullen bos spent More than two weeks interviewing the candidates for governor of North Carolina and studying their records. This is the first of five stories which examine the positions taken by each on the environment education taxes and other subjects Likely to face the next governor. By Robert b. Cullen associated press writer North Carolinas next governor will not be an expert on environmental problems. Neither Democrat Hargrove a a skipper Bowles nor Republican Jim Holshouser feels he can comment authoritatively on issues like Stream channelization pesticides dam projects or Beach erosion. But each maintains the environment will be Well served during his administration because he will appoint to state agencies which police the environment men and women who will opt fairly and knowledgeably. A a lot of people in Public life feel deluged on environmental issues and they re trying to catch up a said Holshouser in an interview with the associated press. A to be candid i done to feel like in a that much of an Bowles in a similar interview responded to a question on pesticides by saying a you ask me a question like that. Its the Job of the governor to appoint people to make those both men said they want to strike a balance Between the needs of business and the needs of the environment. And both said they think the state department of natural and economic resources various regulatory boards need to be More vigilant. They agreed that present Laws to protect the environment Are almost adequate. But they both want to see tougher monitoring of pollution Levels in streams. Bowles said he thinks the Job should be done by More state inspectors but Holshouser said it should be done by the cities and industries which now dump wastes into the streams. A the state would set testing standards and. Of course run random checks to make sure they were being observed. But it would be very much on a self control basis. We done to have the budget to put enough inspectors in the Field Holshouser said. Both men shy away from discussing the Prospect of statewide zoning especially Laws to protect Beach areas from further development. A we will confront the Issue of a state land use policy during my administration a Bowles said. A but it will be a policy with input from Many people. It wont be something the governor just announces and i want to get into specifics about what i think it should Holshouser said a hopefully we can move to some sort of legislation to protect the beaches to set up some restrictions As to what kind of development there should be. But i want to Tell people they develop their own land and i think zoning is Best done on a regional rather than a statewide the state of North Carolina has not purchased any sizable pieces of Parkland since the 1930s the significant additions to the system since then have come from donations of land. Bald head Island and the efforts of the Scott administration to buy it in 1971 were the most recent example of the Legislatures refusal to appropriate Money for land acquisition. A Bill to spend $5 million to buy Bald head never got out of committee. Both Bowles and Holshouser said they feel the state a should do More to develop Parks both for natural preserves and recreation areas. But they differed on How to do it. Holshouser is wary of the Purchase approach. He said he would like to see More donations a because if the state buys the land then speculators will Start t o blackmail us into paying them a profit by threatening to develop and getting from the state a Price in excess of what they paid for it. A i think the state is better served by vigilant enforcement of the Laws we have to protect the environment. But if ifs necessary to Purchase land in order to have a comprehensive Park system. I certainly run from it a he said. Bowles has proposed a Bond Issue to a let the people decided whether they want More Parks. He said it would be for $25 million to $40 million and would allow the experts in the state government to decide what pieces of land most needed preservation. He would not comment on specific Sites for Parks. A it would be politically popular but it would just cause the Price of the Sites i might mention to Bowles during the last general Assembly introduced and helped pass an a environmental Bill of rights amendment to the state Constitution. It would add wording to the state Constitution which Bowles said is necessary to provide a Legal basis and justification for the environmental Laws now on the books and those which m get be passed in the future. It will be on the ballot in november As a referendum question. Tomorrow How the candidates for governor look at education. Charlotte a arbs Pettyjohn the american party candidate for governor believes that the moral example of the governor rather than new Laws is the Best Way to protect the environment. Pettyjohn in an interview said he opposed statewide zoning and other resections on the Way individuals could use their land. A if we had the proper moral leadership the right kind of educational program and we warned people what would happen if they Arentt careful then we need these restrictions a he said. Pettyjohn said he was not familiar enough to comment on the needs of the state Park system or on Stream channelization projects. He said a at this Point there is no need for new environmental legislation. But Pettyjohn is an opponent of Federal and state dam projects. A a in a prone to discourage them a he said. A we can to make More land. We can to replace the Farmland and Forest that a flooded by these he said he Felt a we Are going to have to go into other areas for Power a to replace hydroelectric projects a mentioning nuclear and solar Energy As possibilities. Pettyjohn said he also Felt the Federal governments agricultural subsidies should be designed to encourage Farmers to Plant Trees on land they Are being paid not to cultivate rather than let it lie fallow. A i Fly Over the state and most of the land is cleared a he said. A never since in be been a boy in be been worried about he pointed out that Trees As oxygen producers help curb air pollution. Pettyjohn saying a we need to restore environmental balance a said he favored picking up cans and bottles from the roadsides and recycling them

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